The KHL, together with Atributika & Club and BAUER, its technical partners for the 2019 Week of Hockey Stars, is proud to unveil the uniforms for this season’s biggest hockey show, which will take place in Tatarstan in January.
The KHL is continuing the tradition of recent years and incorporating the colors of the host region into the designs for all three leagues represented during the week. The key objective was to find a creative color combination that strongly reflected the overall concept.
The colors of the flag of Tatarstan – green, white and red – are joined by black. This creates pairs of contrasting colors, with red and green bringing bright shades to the uniforms while black and white create bold contrasts in the designs.
The kit for Team Kharlamov, the host division for this season’s event, uses a bright shade of ‘Kelly Green’. This is lighter than the dark green shade used by Ak Bars and more closely matches the green on the Tatar flag. The colors of the flag of the republic were used by the hockey club in the past and still feature on several retro uniforms.
Team Bobrov will wear red. On the state flag of Tatarstan, this color symbolizes strength, life, energy and maturity. Since Team Bobrov has the highest average age in the tournament, this is an appropriate shade for veteran players.
For Team Tarasov, it’s a black design. Black fits perfectly with the overall color scheme. Associated with power and elegance, this kit could gave Tarasov’s players the edge in the hardest shot contest.
Team Chernyshev will play in the first all-white design to be used in the KHL. This maintains the overall stylistic identity of the event, keeping all four teams in single-color uniforms. It also works especially well with the monochrome division and club logos used on the jerseys at this year’s event.
The scarlet tulip, another symbol of Tatarstan, is the signature design element of the 2019 Week of Hockey Stars. It can be found in each digit of the players’ numbers and it crowns the event logo, as worn on the front of every jersey. The captain’s ‘C’, which takes the form of a chevron, is also also inscribed in red in the shape of a tulip.
The Junior Hockey League Challenge Cup and the Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game will be played in the familiar East vs West format. Each of the teams will wear a uniform consistent with the overall style of the Week of Hockey Stars.
This season’s Challenge Cup will be green and white against red, while the Women’s All-Star Game will be white against green. The uniforms in both games are again based on the colors of Tatarstan’s state flag. The front of each jersey bears the logo of the game which is also designed to fit into the overall image of the week.
Specially for the 2019 Week of Hockey Stars, a new font has been created for the player numbers. The design has its roots in the bold outlines of US college sports, but has been modernized with rounded corners. The result is an original look for the numbers with a nod to hockey traditions. Also, for the first time, the numbers have a ‘perforated’ effect with a tapering ‘star’ pattern to symbolize the All-Star participants.
As in previous years, a special range of game equipment has been commissioned for the Week of Hockey Stars. Bauer, a technical partner of the Week of Hockey Stars, has produced an exclusive set for each team.
Atributika & Club, another technical partner of the Week of Hockey Stars, gives fans a unique opportunity to get a souvenir of the big event by ordering the jersey of any of the teams in the run up to next month’s action. Any jersey can also be customized with the addition of names and numbers.
The KHL is grateful to designer Mikhail Antipin, who has worked with us for the third consecutive year to create unique and distinctive uniforms for all three leagues represented at the Week of Hockey Stars.